REVIEW: Tame Impala at Big Day Out Gold Coast
“This is so crazy,” gushed Kevin Parker, lead force for Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala at the Big Day Out on Sunday. “We still can’t get used to this.”
For a band that has two certified gold records, sold out world tours and been nominated for a Grammy, this level of modesty is something unheard of. It is perhaps what makes this Perth five-piece one of the most popular acts on the festival lineup (thousands of fans have been waiting in the sweltering heat for hours).
As we sit back at the Orange stage at 2.15pm, the band – Kevin Parker, Jay Watson and Dominic Simper – along with bass player Cam Avery and drummer Julien Barbagallo, kick off their powerful, live set with ‘Mind Mischief,’ a new track from their sophomore album, ‘Lonerism.’
The entire Tame Impala live experience is pleasantly drowsy, with the band’s stoner-friendly psychedelic rock making every festivalgoer in the Metricon stadium enter a dream-like ecstasy.
But by the time the band got to their second song, ‘Innerspeaker’s ‘Desire Be,’ the crowd had snapped out of their delirious state and were throwing their hands up and clapping along to every beat of the throbbing boogie rock.
‘Solitude is Bliss’ swung hard, before the band moved to ‘Why Won’t They Talk to Me?’ ‘Half Full,’ and ‘Make Up Your Mind.’
‘Lonerism’s lead single ‘Elephant’ mustered one of the biggest crowd responses of the set, as every person in the stadium couldn’t help but stomp their feet to the track’s infectious beat.
‘Not Meant To Be,’ came next, followed by ‘Be Above It Jam,’ and ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,’ before the band closed out their set with 'Lonerism's expansive psych epic ‘Apocalypse Dreams.’